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Strong Local Support Ensures Success For The 7th Annual Race for Literacy

5K Race supports the work of the Brooke Jackman Foundation

About 300 people from Long Island and beyond took part in the 7th Annual Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF) Race for Literacy on May 19. The event is the kickoff for the Annual Health Fair sponsored by NYS Senator Carl Marcellino and the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce. Medals for the race were presented in a ceremony on the Town of Oyster Bay Showmobile on Audrey Avenue. It’s a great event that gets a great deal of support from the local community as well as the local runners of all ages who participate.

Erin Jackman, BJF executive director, credited much of the success of the event to local people who support the Race for Literacy, “Thank you to our amazing race committee, without whom this race wouldn’t have been possible: Michael DelColle, Stephen Gourley, Erin Murcott, Andrea Peck, Jennifer Iles, Rosemarie Licameli, Lynn Keating and Mario Baldino.  Their help, along with the support of all of our hardworking volunteers, ensured that the race was a complete success.”

Families began gathering at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, to partake in the crafts and games offered for children.  For these young ones who are still on their way to running a 5K, a ¼ Mile Fun Run for Future Olympians tested their speed and endurance.

Ms.  Jackman said, “As the race kicked off the main event, the sun was on our side as it warmed the air and the spirits of the runners and walkers who took on the challenge of the 3.1-mile course along the scenic roads of Oyster Bay, Mill Neck and Upper Brookville. Jonathan Wetzel from Niskayuna, NY, took home first place for the men with an impressive time of 16:30 minutes, while Alexis Kushner of NYC took the top spot for the women with a time of 22:22 minutes. 

Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay came in second with 17:22; Ngoy Francis Kalombo of East Norwich was third with 19:59:410; Chris Roerden came in with 19:59:893; Jack Sherbal of Oyster Bay, 20:57; E.J. Madden, 21:33; John Pace of East Norwich, 21:34; Bob Bartolotti of Oyster Bay, 22:02; Jeffrey Greene of Bayville, 22:06; Alex Gelbert of Oyster Bay, 22:15; Aubri Juhasz of Oyster Bay, 22:26; William Jones of Oyster Bay, 22:26; Louis Gelabert, 22:40; Greg Chabina of Oyster Bay, 24:27; Fred Roerden of Oyster Bay, 23:43 came in 25th.  

Another one of the racers was Lee Perrotta, who residents may know as The Chocolate Lady of Oyster Bay. Her boutique shop is on Audrey Avenue. In the race, she clocked in at 26:10, showing that eating chocolate is healthy.

“With all of your help, this year’s Race for Literacy was the biggest and best yet. The Race for Literacy provides such an excellent platform to raise awareness for children’s literacy and ensure that New York-area children receive the education assistance that they need.

“A huge round of applause goes to our top fundraisers for the race: Hanna Tepper and family; Gillian Tepper; Lauren Caspi; Gracie Lafaire; Jack Salomon; and Iris Jackman.

“In addition to each of the participants of this year’s Race for Literacy, we’d like to give a special thank you to the following sponsors that helped make the Race for Literacy possible.” The sponsors include:

AcuPort Acupuncture, Air Stream Foods, All About Kids, Allstate - Jeannine Izzo Agency, Bagel Boss Cafe of East Norwich, Bi County Mailing, Blake and Elle, Bonanza Ices, the Borgia family, Charlotte Rogato, Creative Composition, the Delahanty family, Evo Sport, the Friedman family, Gooseberry Grove Ice Cream, Hanna Tepper and family, the Heinemann family, the Herrey family, the Houmann family, the Luneburg family, Michael L. Friedman, the Old Brookville PBA, Party with ESP, Pumpkin Pie Foundation, Richard Dimino, RSM McGladrey, the Shemano Group, and the Steinberg family.

Ms. Jackman added. “Our announcer, Terry Bisogno, did an outstanding job as the man on the microphone.

“Last, but definitely not least, thank you to Senator Marcellino, Kathy Wilson, his communications director and the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce who sponsor the annual Health Fair which is a contributing part of the success of this day,” she said.

News

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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